Poquito Moscato $9.50
Lightly sparkling, fruity and sassy, Poquito is small in size but big on taste. Delicate floral aromas combine with a sweet yet refreshing palate of ripe peaches, pears and apricots. Apply liberally at any social occasion. Great right out of the bottle but really amazing with mint and rum as a mojito!
Vini Vidi Vici Sav Blanc $10.00
A quintessential summertime sav blanc. Bright citrus and nectarine aromas with a touch of minerality. Light flavors with a lovely balance of crispness and ripe fruit. Nice flavor and balance for a wide range of poultry and fish dishes and a killer value. With as easy drinking as it is, it needs to be - better get 2!
Cautivo Torrontes $10.50
This is a young wine with a pale lemon green color,semi sweet to start off. Smells of flowers and herbs,and a touch of apricot and minerality to finish up.We love this obscure wine to drink on the patio, or just to make our moods better. Ahh....
Undurraga Sav Blanc $11.00
Nice easy drinking style from Chile. Bright green apple and stone aromas with flavors of white peach, grapefruit, lime zest and just a hint of green pepper. Has a nice round mouthfeel with a clean finish. Much mellower than most N.Z. versions.
Chateau Haut Rian $11.00
Classic White Bordeaux with lovely, bright, tangerine grapefruit notes. Pretty Sav Blanc acidity with Semillon body. Gorgeous with seafood, especially cooked in butter sauce. How are this affordable when their red brethren are so pricey?
The cool nights at Mendoza's elevation mean there's more than Malbec possible here. This 100% Chardonnay based bubbly offers delicious apple and pear flavors as well as a subtle touch of yeasty fresh baked bread. Soft and creamy on the palate, this is very easy to drink and enjoy. This drinks sooo easily and is ideal for holiday parties.
Carmenet Chard $11.00
If California chard is your deal then this is an affordable go-to to keep around. Shows a pretty straw color with copious apple, banana, pineapple and vanilla. Lots of oak with popcorn butter, butterscotch and lots of tropical flavors on the finish.
Indigenous Grillo $11.00
Overlooked for centuries as an ingredient in traditional Marsala, Grillo is now finding big fans done as a dry white. Three months on the lees adds texture, no oak to get in the way, plenty of vibrant acidity and lovely stonefruit and citrus flavors. The Pinot Grigio drinkers new favorite at a better price too!
Peter Adler Auslese Riesling $11.50
An amazing value for Auslese (certified ripeness) fruit from Germany's Mosel River Valley. Classic light petroleum and mineral nose yet flavor sweet and soft with hints of apricots and vanilla cake. A great German staple with pork of all kinds and cheeses from soft Brie to hard Gouda.
Overstone Sav Blanc $12.00
Cycles Gladiator Chardonnay $12.00
The aromatics really jump out of the glass. Papaya, peaches, and pineapple on the nose with just a hint of toasted oak. Nectarines and other stone fruit on the forepalate. Ripe, round flavors of peach juice and pineapple. Soft acidity and a lush texture wrap around the tongue towards the back of the palate. Pairs with rich, creamy flavors such as scallops in an orange beurre blanc. Also chicken alfredo, seafood fettuccine, or any pasta smothered in a cream sauce.
Hunky Dory $13.00
This white blend is unlike your usual NZ Sauv Blanc, an organic blend of Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Riesling done quite dry. Shows honeysuckle, white peach and clean stone on the nose with flavors of apple peach and rose petals. The acid is softer and rounder than sav blanc but crisper than most any Gewurz or Riesling you may have had. Yes, it really is "hunky dory".
Domaine de Nizas $13.00
A lovely rich blend with nice body as well. Bouquet is intense (Viognier) with aromas of citrus, rosemary honey, white peach and fennel. On the palate it's well-balanced, clean and crisp. The Rousanne sees a touch of oak but its very subtle. A great wine with chicken, white meats or fish, grilled but also great with an herby cream sauce.
Simonsig Chenin Blanc $13.00
Chenin or “Steen” has been South Africa’s white of choice since the 1600s. One sip is all it takes. Bright and clean acidity with remarkable passion fruit, honey, apricot, pear and limestone on the nose. Soft rich flavors and a lingering finish. You’ll swear it’s big-dollar Vouvray.
Gran Passione White $13.00
Bright pear, pineapple and lemon peel flavors that finish clean. Shows a solid mineral backbone and round body while being smooth but lively as well. Made for light meats and seafood.
Casamaro Verdejo $13.00
Tangy and bright with a nose of apricot, fresh cut grass and citrus. The palate shows vibrant soft lemon, orange and herbs. If you like N.Z. Sav Blanc, try this fun little wine with big flavors. Made for seafood and a great bargain as well.
Gen 5 Chardonnay $13.00
Bright golden yellow in color, the Gen 5 Chardonnay leads with classic varietal fruit aromas of apple, pear, ginger and lemon blossom, followed by subtle vanilla notes. In the glass, a bright acidity is broadened by lemon custard and honey flavors. Nicely oaked but not enough to overwhelm the delicate fruit.
Le Grand Noir Chardonnay $13.00
A lovely blend from the south west of France. The Viognier brings a bright flower and apricot to the nose, a bit of French and American oak to bring some depth. Very well balanced, crisp and just a very good white at a great price. No its not Burgundy, no its not California, its a lovely blend of both styles.
Colome Torrontes $13.00
A remarkable grape, unique to Argentina resulting from a cross of Muscat and the Mission grape. Glorious, rich aromatic nose leads into a solid bodied wine with perfect crisp brightness. Sometimes flabby, this one from mile-high vineyards shows great balance and character. Try with spicy Mexican fare or oily fish for a unique and wonderful pairing.
Graziano Enotria Arneis $13.00
Arneis is a rare, ancient white grape variety from near Barolo all but abandoned because of its low yields and viticultural challenges. Of course we love it here at Bitto! Seldom seen outside the Piedmont, this lovely has the flavor and big, dry palate to succeed where a flabby Chardonnay fails, especially with flavorful seafood and poultry. Lovely hints of pear, anise, almonds and Gala apples matched with great acid structure.
Vignarco Orvieto Classico $14.00
The limestone soils of Umbria have produced famous wine since the days of the Etruscans. An organic beauty with fresh, outdoorsy aromas of delicate wildflowers. A brightly acidic white marked by key lime, melon and citrus zest notes that remain lively through the light, spring herb-accented finish.
Astoria Alisia $14.00
Down in the plains of Venezia the grapes gets fuller and riper than up in the Alps resulting in a softer and slightly sweeter version of the classic Pinot Grigio. Nice citrus flavors play against the soft pear fruit. A great deal and easier drinking than the "Margarita" and at a much better price. Plus you know you want the bottle when it’s empty as well!
How to explain this wine?? A style that's not allowed, a grape that's illegal in the D'Oc AOC, but really interesting and delicious. Heavy maceration, slight oxidation on Langedoc Sav Blanc. Love the sticker saying NOT IGP classification! Big acid, big body, big flavors of tangy apricot.
Condes De Albarei $14.00
A small group of farmers dedicated to sustainable viticulture make this affordable but high-quality Albarino. Bright peach and apricot shine brightest with some tropical notes of pineapple and passion fruit. Also has some delicate orange blossom and citrus hints joined with some wet stone.
From vineyards dating back to Roman times, comes this rich and full bodied blend from the lower Rhone Valley. Lovely floral and citrus nose, bold flavors of stone fruit, peach, pear and lime zest. These overlooked wines can stand up to about anything.
This wine isn't just fun to say, it's incredibly delicious too! Full bodied, with flavors of grapefruit, melon, and citrus. This wine has mouth watering acidity, and a minerality that is reminiscent of the Mediterranean that the vines grew along. This is sure to become your new favorite white!
Hugl Gruner Veltliner $14.50
Hugl Gruner is not the most famous Austrian porn star, but a straight forward Gruner Veltliner from Austria packed in a 1L bottle. Bright lemon lime character, goes with anything, and a good deal.
Since 1841, Bodegas Grant has been continuously family owned and operated. Amontillado starts its life a a fino but is then oxidatively aged. So a bottle can be recorked unlike finos. Lovely floral and roasted hazelnut aromas with a light woody tone. Dry and bright but also rich with a clean finish.
Foris Pinot Gris $15.00
Pinot Gris from Oregon, light and semi sweet, with flavors of pears, green apples and melon, Adam had to search long and hard for this little gem from the Rogue Valley. Yes, the alcohol is a little high but what tremendous flavor. Enjoy!
Daisy Pinot Grigio $15.00
Almost Alsatian in style, Daisy is playful and dead serious. Soft citrus, and floral aromas with laser sharp acidity bringing stone fruits, lemon curd, river rock and a clean but lingering finish nuance. Body from the barrel fermentation with indigenous yeasts, further complexity from 5 months in almost neutral French oak.
Talon Viognier $15.00
From the winemaking family of Ravenswood in CA comes this rich and aromatic dry wine. Subtle tropical notes of pineapple and stone fruit show on the nose. Its full-bodied flavor is balanced nicely with hints of citrus and starfruit. Enjoy it chilled with chicken, seafood or by itself.!
A delightful Sav Blanc from S.A. Zesty nose of citrus, passionfruit, pear, and lemongrass with faint, clean stone. On the palate its lively and clean, definitely not overworked like many N.Z. versions. Has body from a little lees and skin contact, finishes with a faint gooseberry and mango.
Pasqua Passimento Blanco $15.00
With a label inspired from Romeo and Juliet's lover's wall nearby, these Garganega grapes are partially dried, losing 20 to 30% of their weight, before fermentation. The result is a very unique and powerful wine full of dried apricot and honey flavors, with a creamy and rich mouthfeel but balanced by the bright acidity. Yes, a basically a "white" Amarone from Valpolicella.
San Lorenzo Gavi $15.00
Gavi is a region in NW Italy in the Piedmonte, the wine is 100% Cortese and is very light and crisp, with hints of citrus, almonds, and grass. The whites of the Piedmont are always overshadowed by Barolo etc, prepare to be stunned as they are second to none!
Friulano Tomasella Grave $15.00
Clean, fresh, enticing aromas and flavors of pear, stonefruit and almonds. with a light petrol nuance. Brisk and fresh but with some nice body. Nicely intense and complex with a lovely long finish. Great with rich foods.
Casa de Valor Cava $15.00
Delicious and affordable, lovely clean apple and lemon aromas with lovely stone notes. Made with the 3 amigos of Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel-ho.
Le Salse Matelica Verdicchio $15.00
This Verdicchio, or green hue, wine from the Marche is made of grapes grown on vineyards with exposed Jurassic period sea beds, near salt water springs called "le salse". The raised and unique North-South mountain valley blocks off tempering coastal winds to cause extreme diurnal temperature differences resulting in this racy, mineral driven wine. Notes of tangerine and green apple and nuttiness. Great with cheeses and low fat proteins (fancy for chicken).
La Gabillarde is a about 5 acres in the middle of Anjou in the Loire Valley. A very different type of Chenin Blanc than most Americans are used to. Very light nose with peach, melon and stone but powerful acid on the palate. Very strong apple flavor with a clean finish. Quite different than what you'd expect from Vouvray, located just a few miles upstream. As it comes to room temperature, lovely subtle Chenin fruit shows the voracious acid.
Miquel Pons 77 Xarelho $16.00
Paying homage to Miquel Pons who has 77 harvests under his belt is this delicious Xarel·lo. Handpicked and aged in French barrels with generous lees treatment, this is Xarel-lo like none we ever had. Gorgeous earthy acidty wrapped in creamy texture and ample oak. If you are a Cali chard drinker, prepare to have your heart broken by this Spanish seductress!
Camin Larredya Juracon Sec $16.00
Wines from the steep slopes here at the eastern end of Jurançon have a cool, mineral quality to them and age extremely well. These dry versions bring bright crisp flavors of apple and pear with a body building, grape skin character. A unique wine from the slopes of the Pyrenees.
Three Brooms $16.00
This single vineyard, certified sustainable sav blanc shows lovely white flower, chili pepper, and gooseberry on the nose with some sandy mineralogy. Very nice weight and balance showing passion fruit, ripe apple flavors. Such a pleasant surprise is the roundness, the acid is lively and energetic but not abrasive.
An excellent representation of Muscadet. Very crisp and dry, wonderful up front fruit notes and the finish is of walnuts and lemon grass. A great summer time wine for light cheeses next door and for lighter seafood if you need to take one home.
A blend of five different vineyards, including the top ones showing off the amazingly complex Nahe soil: Lemberg Porphyry, Metaphyre, slate, and terrace gravel. Plus quartz, copper, iron and schist. Riesling the way Germans drink them everyday.
KuentzBas Alsace Blanc $16.00
From a small 5 acre plot at one of the highest vineyards in Alsace comes this magical blend of lesser knows. There's almost too much happening on the nose with rich floral and mineral tones. Not sweet, not dry, it's got the pedigree of a grand cru in an approachable style and price. It's not like anything else and probably why Julie Andrews was really singing and spinning in these mountain fields.
Heritance Sauvignon Blanc $17.00
A nice counter to the N.Z. style, this SB shows copious aromas of meyer lemon, apricot, melon and passion fruit. The palate is broad, round and well balanced. The creaminess and tropical flavors make it unmistakably California.
Sharp citrus and faint tropical aromas with abundant minerality. Medium bodied and dry, this wine is pleasantly acidic with impressive balance and some spritz. Green apple, grapefuit, tropical fruit, and smoky stone flavors show that New York wines are becoming world class!
Cleebourg Muscat $17.00
In our never-ending quest to expand yours and our own palates, we discovered this delicious Muscat done dry. Yes this is the same Moscato from Asti done in a still Alsatian style. Gorgeous floral depth and dimension on the nose, medium bodied with lychee and ripe honey crisp apple flavors. Bright with a clean finish, the absolute best wine with spicy Thai or Chinese food.
Castelfeder Doss Chardonnay $17.50
Chardonnay from the Italian high country. Bright, crisp fruit nestled in intense minerality. 5 months on the lees gives it just a bit of creaminess and body.Who needs oak when you have flavor like this! One of our new favorites, rivaling any European Chard even Burgundies.
Nicolas Sauternes $18.00
An affordable Sauternes?? For any fan of ice wine or dessert wines, Sauternes is the gold standard. Snuggle up with this after dinner to revel in its rich honeysuckle, stone fruit aromas and intense baked peach and honey flavors. Lovely balance of sweetness with acidity, concentration with freshness, and power with elegance.
Discreto Encanto $18.00
After years of making wine just to distill, Mexico's cool Guadaloupe Valley on the Baja has used temperatiure controlled fermentation to start making some serious wines! This blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Chenin Blanc shows notes of kiwi, pink grapefruit, baked apples with lilting aromas of smoke and stone.
Vermentino di Sardegna Nuo $18.00
Quite possibly the oldest wine region in the Med, the now overlooked Sardinia has created remarkable wine for over 3 millenia. Long skin contact and a slight oxidation creates this beautiful golden color. Rich oily texture with a solid acid backbone surrounded by a sea breeze note and herbal tones showing basil, rosemary, sage and cedar. Yet underneath all are vibrant citrus and melon. Completely out of the ordinary, yet a style barely changed since the ceasars. Try it!
Perrusset Macon Villages $18.00
Just a few miles from the town of Chardonnay, Henri works 10 acres of 20 year old vines struggling on rocky limestone soils. Time on the lees but next to no oak means creamy but pure fruit. Ripe apple mixes with lemon zest and stony minerality. White Burgundy at this price??
Emile Beyer Gewurztraminer $18.00
This is one wine that our sommeliers searched forever for just the right one, we found this little beauty from Alsace, France. Lovely tastes of apricot, honey, melon and a touch of sweetness. The grape may be tough to say but the wine is so easy to drink.
Cordero Langhe Arneis $18.00
A white wine from La Morra in Barolo! Bright straw color with an intense nose of peach and acacia flowers, chamomile, and barely ripe melon. Solid body from three months on the lees. A secret find that may become your favorite go-to white. Seriously, when has anything from the Piedmont not impressed!?
Clerotstein Cremant Alsace $18.00
What a lovely surprise! Bright candied, key lime acidity with light, crisp body and lovely finish. The Alsatians must drink all these themselves as we've never seen one before. Grab some while you can!
Romain Chamiot Apremont $19.00
High in the French alps is the region of Savoie, remnants of the kingdom of Savoy. In these mountain valleys they craft crisp and clean whites made for hearty fare. Show up the next wine geek you meet by telling them how lovely the last “jacquere” you had was! Lovely pear and stone flavor with lemon rind finish
Emile Beyer Pinot Gris $19.00
Mythic Chard Viognier $19.00
A very remarkable blend. The chard brings body and acid while the viognier brings its magical aromatics. A bit of French oak shows through as well. Its Condrieu meeting white Burgundy and somehow it's everything in one bottle, soft floral, buttery oak, zesty acidity, good body. Enjoy this one because I doubt I will ever find another like it!
May George Cremant de Loire $19.00
Truly a gorgeous Cremant. Almost all Chenin, there's faint whispers of frangipani, peach, and honeysuckle nestled in the limestone and baking bread aromas. Bracing acidity, clean finish, one of the best we've found. As good as any Vouvray Brut at half the price!
Andrian Finado $19.00
Nice, clean crisp Italian white. Beautiful white peach notes, easy drinking by itself and pairs well with summer foods. Nice minerality, mild hints of honeydew. The acid freaks rejoice with this one!
In an enchanted place, on a beautiful strip of Sicilian land surrounded by vineyards within the Nature Reserve of Lake Preola and nurtured by the sea breeze comes this very rare fortified Zibibbo. Warm aromas of roses and almonds. Well balanced and full, perfect with desserts, especially pastries.
Fendant du Valais $20.00
La Champine $21.00
Condrieu is one of those wines that can break your heart and your wallet forever. Unlike any other white wine, Viognier in the Northern Rhone takes on magical ethereal yet contradictory character. Tastes acidic but it isn't, seems like it should be better with age but it dies quickly, fleshy weighty body but so delicate, and on we go. Viognier from the US tends to have the character of canned pear juice, and even Southern Rhone versions lack much depth. But it turns out surrounding Grillet and Condrieu is the Collines Rhondaniennes where Viognier can now be had at a fraction of the price as its famous neighbors. No its not Condrieu but its close enough to still break your heart while leaving your wallet intact.
Wind Gap Trousseau Gris $21.00
What the heck is Trousseau Gris? Well, its a light and crisp white wine from the alpine mountain sides of France in the Jura. We never knew that California could make a wine like this. Wonderful acidity with loads of tropical fruit notes and the palate is something not to be read but enjoyed.
I Clivi Friulano $21.00
What used to be called Tocai Friulano, and a perfect example of a Northeastern Italian white wine. Crisp stone fruits, an under current of granite with the faintest hint of round melons and pears. Great food wine.
Matteo Correggio Arneis $21.00
Made from the grape Arneis, from Roero in the Northwest part of Italy, nice acidity with loads of peaches and pears, and pineapples. A wonderful grape making a great wine, try with our soft or hard cheeses and any of our meats.
Penalba Lopez $22.00
A remarkable white aged 11 months on the lees in French oak from a grape we'd never heard of and one we've never seen in Ribero. The rich buttery oak is the perfect foil for vibrant acidity and richness. Flavors of key lime, peach, apricot, toasty oak, and more. One of our favorites!
A refreshing white wine, with scents of exotic sweet fruits and white flowers. Not to be missed with any of our goat or brie cheeses. Delicate with a blanket of peach, orange peel and nectarine on the palate.
Broc Sparkling Chenin $22.00
From one of the most exciting new winemakers in California, Chris Brockway, we get this striking effort at sparkling Chenin Blanc using the traditional Petillant Naturale method. 60-year-old Chenin Blanc vines produce a high-acid, focused-minerality wine that gives off gentle fruit notes. Pair with simple seafood dishes, roast chicken or pork cutlets.
This wonderful Western Australia Chardonnay offers a youthfully nose of fresh peaches and cream, cedar, lightly toasted bread and apple tart. The palate is packed with nervy flavor intensity and has crisp acidity with a silky texture, finishing long with lingering honeyed toast notes.
Chateau Raymond Lafon $23.00
One of the top producers at a great bargain. We committed to buying this a year ago to get this price and weren’t disappointed. Lemon peel, almond, coconut, mango, quince with refreshing acidity and just a hint of tannic grip.
San Brizio $23.00
This is a 100% Garganega from the vineyard behind Villa Buri. Maturation in 500 lt oak barrels fills out the typical scents of Garganega with delicate tertiary hints of vanilla, acacia honey and a complex ripe fruitiness that make it concentrated, mouth-filling and faintly balsamic. This great Soave from the Alpone Valley is rich and well-structured, with a deep straw yellow hue and golden highlights.
Naveran Dama Cava 2013 $24.00
Chardonnay with some Parellada and aged for a full two years on the lees. This is gorgeous Cava! Intensity of flavor grows over time with grapefruit, orange zest and spicy bread aroma. Awesome mousse gives it a lovely texture in the mouth. Finish is vibrant and lasts.
Bramito Chardonnay $24.00
From the famous Antinori family comes this Italian beauty showing fresh, complex flavors and aromas of pineapple, citrus fruits and butterscotch. Full bodied and crisp with just the right amount of oak, this Chardonnay is sure to be a hit at your next dinner party! !
Finally California Chard with sensible oak and balanced acidity! Lots going on here with apple blossom, apple pie, lime zest, and a little sea breeze on the nose.The butter is there but soft and browned with just a little tropical guava lingering. The acid is the perfect foundation for the flavors leaving you smacking your lips for the next sip.
Wine Grapes 101 Workshop $25.00
This workshop is an intro level workshop where you will learn and taste 7 major grape varietals as well as learn a little about wine making and the different styles of wine.
Champalou Vouvray Brut $25.00
Lovely gold with copious, tiny bubbles. The Chenin shows subtle aromas of orange zest, lemon zest, dried pear and a little floral honeysuckle. A sip brings a punch of lively apple, pear and light orange with faint honey and fennel. The finish leaves you pondering the wines many dimensions. Better with a wider range of food than Champagne at a better price for certain!
Pabiot Pouilly Fume $26.00
An organic class act from Pouilly Fume. Five months on the lees and aged in stainless steel, there is nothing interfering with the flint and limestone soil and the beautiful and linear sharpness of the fruit. A dangerously addictive wine that will haunt you until you break down and buy it again.
Sainte Rose Roussane $27.00
I've always wanted to see how the big bodied Rhone white varietals would show done in a New World style and finally found one! French oak fermentation and ageing on the lees brings gorgeous body reminiscent of the best oaky CA Chards. Bright peach and honeysuckle flavors wrapped in a foundation of clean acidity and almost oily viscosity. Simply gorgeous.
Champalou Fondreaux Vouvray $28.00
The best producer and his best cuvee, if you are going to do Vouvray you might as well do it right. Soft and slightly sweet melon, citrus and peach. Elegant and supple with haunting flavors and not overly sweet. Find out what Chenin Blanc can taste like.
Perrier Champagne Split $28.00
A truly remarkable vintage rose cava. Delicious nose of blueberry and raspberry scones with tiny pin prick bubbles. The monastrell brings just a faint whisp of blueberry and blackberry to the traditional apple, pear and light melon flavors. Finishes so clean and light.
Domaine Eden Chardonnay 2012 $29.00
After years of too much oak and overripe fruit, its wonderful to see balance returning to CA chards. While there certainly is tropical pineapple, apricot and lots of buttery oak, the body is full and round with just enough acid to hold it together. Has a lovely long finish. This reputable vineyard claims this is the best they have ever made, I think I agree!
Paolo dAmico Falesia $29.00
Wow, soft French oak, round and rich flavors with a lovely floral and mineral character on the nose. From the wild and rugged Umbria region and its rare volcanic soils comes a gorgeous organic wine. Just trust me here, its that good.
From one of the highest rated producers in the highest rated vineyard. We can't believe we got some of this amazing wine. Pear, mango, honeysuckle, aromas of lily and the Mosel's amazing slate and bright acidity. Just stunning, we found it on a closeout at an unbelievable price.
Expressive white peaches, beautiful fruit, harmoniously balanced with racy acidity and lovely structure. From the Mosel Valley, the premier region for this grape. Not super sweet, coming in at 11% and showing when Riesling is done right, it is truly ethereal.
Calvo Vin Santo del Chianti $32.00
Curing the plague since 1348, this "holy wine" is crafted from selected late harvest bunches left to whither on straw mats for 2 months. After painstakingly meticulous selection they are then gently pressed, sealed in oak to ferment for 4 or 5 years. A gorgeous amber, this dessert lovely is medium sweet with hints of tangerine peel and toasted nuts and toffee nuts.
Cheveau Pouilly Fuisse $33.00
A beautiful, creamy, lush and rich white burgundy. A palate of finesse and character with hints of apricots, fresh Anjou pears and peaches. The nose could last for days, even if the wine itself does not, a joyous addition from Pouilly-Fuisse.
An interesting cool climate Aussie Chard. Acidity is lively, no skanky pineapple juice flavors. Nose shows some minerality, melon and peach. Round creamy texture, some lees treatment evident. A little lemon curd shows as well. Nicely done.
Inniskillin Ice Wine $36.00
Vidal is a hybrid varietal that is designed to survive in the harsh icy north. The precious grapes are then pressed in the extreme cold to extract the luscious nectar. In this process, the water content in each grape which is about 80% remains frozen as ice crystals. These crystals will remain inside the grape during pressing puncturing the skin for added flavors. The resulting juice is highly concentrated and rich.
Grower Champagne done remarkably well. This father son make a number of premier and grand crus and this tastes as good as any. Hints of melon, zesty peach, and an unusual touch of woodsy oak on the nose. Really pretty and intense flavors, especially the peach flavors. Truly gorgeous and one of my absolute favorites.
The classic style with Malmsey/Malvasia with surprising balance between acidity and sweetness. Lovely flavors of coffee, nuts, and dried fruit with soft notes of caramel.
Made from 80% Malvasia and 20% Trebbiano grapes dried for about 2 months before aging in traditional oak barrels for 5 years. The appearance is a gorgeous amber, crazy big aromas that are mature yet lively showing plenty of soft oak, caramel, orange peel, rosemary, spruce, with pretty floral hints. The palate adds honey with its medium sweetness and balancing acidity.
One of the finest, and often most forgotten about, white wine regions in the world. If you like california chardonnay or white burgundies then you will love this wine. Apricots, asian pears, lychee fruit and creamy goodness.
J.Wilkes Deal $58.00
While Napa gets the buzz and the latest rapper/race car driver/NBA player/Kardashian wanna-be buying up vineyards, down south in the Santa Maria Valley, some remarkably elegant wines are being crafted out of the limelight. Tectonic plates crashing into each other have created lateral valleys that run perpendicular to the coast. These funnel cool moist air through the valley creating a remarkable cool climate AVA despite being quite a ways south. I've been really impressed with these wines and we're happy to offer cru members a really special deal. Buying any of these at the vineyard runs $30 a bottle, wine.com the same. Luckily, some wineries and winemakers like what we are doing here at Bitto, supporting wines by smaller producers, ignoring the bogus ratings, encouraging guests to branch out, etc. To help us show what this valley can do and to help you get into these wines at the lowest possible price, they have provided this unique threesome for us to sell.
Full-bodied and intensely flavored, this exhibits mature characteristics of candied fruit, coffee with amazing almond and vanilla pastry. Lovely, sexy with fresh lemon and ginger nuance.. Seamless harmony and texture, with a long, long, long finish.
Light gold. Explosively perfumed nose offers an array of citrus and orchard fruits, with exotic nuances of mace, chamomile and honey. Rich and deeply pitched but almost shockingly vibrant, offering spicy pear, nectarine and lemon pith flavors. Suavely blends richness and vivacity, finishing with excellent clarity and length. This should age at a snail's pace.